» 2016 Alternative Break Trips

Impact Your World

Chapman University’s Alternative Break Program seeks to provide students with an opportunity to work with community agencies, needs, and populations in a week-long service and immersion experience. Civic Engagement Initiatives offers several Alternative Break Trip options with varying levels of direct service, learning, reflection, and immersion. The Alternative Break Program is designed to connect Chapman students to shared experiences that foster personal growth, mutual awareness, and civic engagement. The Program is committed to being a drug and alcohol free program.

For more information, contact a Civic Engagement Program Assistant at civic@chapman.edu.

Homelessness in Bay Area, CA (Spring 2016)

Homelessness in San Francisco, CA (Spring 2016)

Up to 25% of San Francisco’s homeless population consists of families with children and more than half of these children have never lived in a permanent home. Additionally, homeless children are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school, and are significantly more likely not to finish high school. The Bay Area Rescue Mission provides shelter, food, clothing, after school tutoring for kids, and job skill training. Chapman volunteers will stay at Bay Area Rescue Mission facilities and work with youth by tutoring them in the BARM's youth center, helping with arts/crafts, and coordinating recreational activities to socialize with youth.  Students will return with a deeper understanding of the influences and impacts of homelessness and insight on the ways in which this problem is being addressed in the Bay Area.  

Conservation in the Grand Canyon, AZ (Spring 2016)

Conservation in the Grand Canyon, AZ (Spring 2016) The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the United States' oldest and most renowned national parks. While the creation of the park in 1919 may have been a success of the early conservation movement, this natural wonder faces continued threats including mining, pollution, water conservation, forest restoration, vegetation, and invasive plants.  Chapman volunteers will stay in cabins owned by the Park and work with the Park staff to clean impacted areas in the park to restore the Canyon's ecosystems.  Participants will learn about the environment and history of the Grand Canyon and understand the importance of any conservation and restoration effort.

Immigration Outreach in San Diego, CA (Spring 2016)

Immigration Outreach in San Diego (Spring 2016)

Border Angels is a non-profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand. Participants will get a chance to travel to border areas to distribute food, water, and used clothing. They will also be able to provide outreach to Home Depot Day Laborers by building relationships, showing support, and donating water. Participants will gain an understanding of immigration struggles and be able to work to improve conditions for migrants.

Sustainability in Santa Cruz Island, CA (Spring 2016)

Sustainability in Santa Cruz Island

Participants will work with the US National Park Service on Santa Cruz Island this spring break to create a positive impact on the environment and to grow through real world experience. Participants will spend a week on the island working with an ecologist and park staff on the Sea Bird habitat restoration and National Park conservation. During this alternative break, students will get a chance to work in a plant nursery and assist with beach cleanups.